Christopher Farstad (b. 1986, Minneapolis, MN) is a multi-instrumentalist, electro-acoustic music performer, and sound installation designer. A founding member of the group Food Pyramid, he has released work as both Galaxy Express 555 and 555.
His artistic practice often incorporates traditional instruments, improvisational techniques, and non-idiomatic synthesizer experimentation, as well as avant-garde contortions of field recordings, samples, and MIDI. His free-flowing (de)compositions range from textural and percussive to minimalist and meditative, often in the span of a single recording.
His is also a Carnatic music enthusiast, curating a series of idiosyncratic and distinctive members of the canon under the Bio-Vita Records imprint. A limited run of cassettes are currently available through Mississippi Records in Portland, OR and 2 Bridges in NYC.